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Jeff Hood wrote for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Oct. 2003 through March 2009. He covered NASCAR for the AJC from 2005 through 2008 and had a weekly NASCAR-theme radio show on WMOQ 92.3 FM in Monroe, Ga. from 1999 through 2005. In addition, Jeff wrote press releases and handled the P.A. for Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. from 1998 through 2004.

Articles by Jeff Hood

Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 – 11:48 | One Comment
Tour Notes: Darby Out As Cup Series Director

Editor’s note: The annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway is being held this week. RacinToday has a trio of writers on the Tour and will be reporting daily with opinions, features, news and notes.

Concord, N.C. – Racintoday.com has confirmed that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby has been reassigned within [...]

Tour Notes: CMS Downsizes
Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – 19:13 | One Comment
Tour Notes: CMS Downsizes

Editor’s note: The annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway is being held this week. RacinToday has a trio of writers on the Tour and will be reporting daily with opinions, features, news and notes.

Concord, N.C. – Charlotte Motor Speedway has joined the ranks of NASCAR race tracks decreasing its seating capacity.
Speedway president [...]

Yates Powers His Way Into Enshrinement
Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 – 7:49 | One Comment
Yates Powers His Way Into Enshrinement

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
For nearly 40 years, the name Yates has been synonymous with excellence in NASCAR.
In the 1970s, Robert Yates was widely-regarded as one of the premier engine builders in stock car racing. During the following decade, Yates pursued a dream of becoming a NASCAR team owner.
Robert Yates Racing became a dominant force during the 1990s with drivers such as Dale [...]

Ragan Warms Up By Warming Up Fans in Georgia
Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 – 21:44 | Comments Off
Ragan Warms Up By Warming Up Fans in Georgia

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Braselton, Ga. – With the remnants of snowfall serving as a backdrop, two participants from the 2005 Roush Racing Gong Show headlined Sunday’s 100 lap Late Model race at Lanier National Speedway.
On a day when the temperature struggled to reach 32 degrees, Sprint Cup driver David Ragan and short track ace [...]

Ragan Gets An Early Start In A Late Model
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 – 8:00 | Comments Off
Ragan Gets An Early Start In A Late Model

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Braselton, Ga. – A portion of NASCAR driver David Ragan’s offseason has been dedicated to putting the finishing touches on a Late Model car he recently purchased.
With major assistance from cousin Brett Ragan, a member of Carl Edwards’ Nationwide Series team, and longtime friend Chris Dilbeck, David Ragan will have an opportunity to put his No. 6 Late Model [...]

Hood: Loss of Milwaukee Mile Could Mean A Net Gain
Monday, Jan 4, 2010 – 8:54 | 3 Comments
Hood: Loss of Milwaukee Mile Could Mean A Net Gain

The recent cancellation of a pair of national touring events sanctioned by NASCAR at The Milwaukee Mile presents an opportunity for the sport to give back to fans at the grassroots level.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series was originally scheduled to appear at the historic 1-mile oval in West Allis, Wis. on Saturday June 19. NASCAR’s junior circuit will [...]

Hood: These Holiday Wishes Smell Like Gasoline
Friday, Dec 25, 2009 – 7:47 | Comments Off
Hood: These Holiday Wishes Smell Like Gasoline

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
My two children put together their Christmas wish lists a few weeks ago. Not surprisingly, they are very interested in expensive, high-tech gadgets.
My holiday wishes are a bit more complicated for the fellow from the North Pole to deliver. These items can’t be acquired at a local retail store. And they’re all NASCAR-related.
A NASCAR Christmas wish list?
My wife says I’ve lost my mind [...]

Hood: Take My Crew Chief…Please
Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 – 9:17 | One Comment
Hood: Take My Crew Chief…Please

On a typical weekend, race fans are bombarded with information on NASCAR and its competitors.
Information flows to the public from television, radio, newspapers and websites such as www.racintoday.com.
On most Fridays, NASCAR will allocate time for top drivers to chat with the media. Later in the weekend, the top three drivers in qualifying and the race are required [...]

Hood: The Future Of NASCAR Is Crystal Clear
Saturday, Dec 12, 2009 – 8:16 | 5 Comments
Hood: The Future Of NASCAR Is Crystal Clear

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
OK, I realize the Daytona 500 is still more than two months away. The first Christmas gift has yet to be opened and we’re still three weeks away from a Dick Clark sighting.
But let’s shake the ol’ crystal ball extra hard and see what outlandish predictions we can deliver well in advance [...]

Kyle Busch Wins The Snowball
Monday, Dec 7, 2009 – 8:14 | One Comment
Kyle Busch Wins The Snowball

Pensacola, Fla. – NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Kyle Busch was the first driver to cross the finish line in Sunday’s 42nd annual Snowball Derby.
But Super Late Model racing was the big winner over the weekend.
At the close of a year ,when race teams have been forced to search for sponsorship in the worst economy since the Great [...]